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Preventing and Treating Gum Recession

What is gum recession?

Gum tissue is simply a layer of skin over bone tissue located upper and lower jaw. Gum recession, the exposing of tooth in areas the gum used to cover, can be a serious problem if not properly treated. It is caused by an array of different things.

Primary Causes:
• Aggressive Tooth Brushing
• Periodontal Disease
• Genetics
• Teeth grinding

Gum recession is most common in middle aged to older adults although it can be seen in teenagers and younger children. Catching the problem early is key. If caught early it is possible it will not require professional treatment. As the name suggest the best way to recognize the problem is by examining the gum line around your teeth. If you notice areas where the root of the tooth is exposed, you might be experiencing recession. If you are experiencing sensitivity to cold, sugar, and brushing you could also be experiencing recession.

Gum recession is treatable. People choose to have it treated as a means to make their teeth look better and healthier. As stated earlier, it is easily treatable if caught early, but if it has been going on for a substantial amount of time, it may require professional treatment.

AlloDerm RTM

The best treatment for gum recession is AlloDerm RTM. AlloDerm is a donated tissue that has been processed to remove cells creating a regenerative tissue matrix. This treatment has a multitude of benefits including:

• Excellent safety profile and predictable alternative to your own tissue.
• Offers natural esthetic outcome
• Avoids pain and potential complications associated with removing palatal tissue.

It is important you talk to your dental specialist before any treatment. They need to know your dental and health history. Like any treatment, results vary from patient to patient. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits before you commit to this or any treatment.


There are many ways to prevent gum recession so that professional intervention is not required. This includes brushing with a quality toothbrush. It is important to replace the brush frequently so that old bristles do not cause damage to the tooth.

Learning to brush effectively is also recommended to prevent recession and other dental problems. Also, certain foods with high acidity are best left out of your diet.

If you grind your teeth at night, it might be a good idea to invest in a night guard to prevent damage that may occur as a result.

Lastly, it is important to visit your dentist every 6 months to make sure you are healthy and your teeth are in good shape!

DNA/Bacterial Identification: How to Identify Bad Mouth Bacteria

Bacteria is a major factor in oral health. Not all bacteria are bad, but there are many types and combinations of bacteria that can cause problems for your mouth, such as periodontal disease. Due to the large variety of bacteria, it is important to discover exactly what type you may be dealing with. read more…

Risk Factors and Early Warning Signs for Periodontal Disease

Most people are unaware of the numerous risk factors and early warning signs for periodontal disease. It is, however, important to understand this disease and know when to take action.

Smoking and poor oral hygiene are the most obvious risk factors, but there are many other factors people may not consider. These include the following: read more…

What is a Gummy Smile?

When you smile, does a ribbon of pinkish gum tissue overshadow your teeth? Does excessive gum tissue make your upper teeth appear too short? If so, you may have a gummy smile.

What is a Gummy Smile?

Dental professionals refer to gummy smiles as “excessive gingival displays,” where gingival is another word for things read more…

What Are Gum Grafts and When Are They Needed?

“Gum graft” isn’t a dental term that’s thrown around as casually as gum disease or dental cleaning, so you might not be as familiar with this procedure or what it entails. When would a periodontist decide to use a gum graft for your dental health?

When Do You Need Gum Grafts?

A gum graft is a surgery that a periodontist read more…

Dental Implants, Bridges, and Dentures: What’s the Best Option?

Losing a tooth is never easy; not only can it make it more difficult to chew and speak, but it can also have a significant psychological impact on the way you feel about yourself and your appearance. The good news is, there are steps you cant take to replace a tooth that’s been lost due to decay, disease or trauma, but the traditional options – bridges and dentures read more…

Take It Easy: How Stress Increases the Risk of Gum Disease

Are you stressed out? Most of us are. And while the news has been full of studies linking the effects of chronic stress on your general health – weakening your immune system, increasing the risks of colds and flus, and potentially contributing to more serious medical issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and even some types of cancer
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Gum Disease Linked to Prostatitis

Inflammation of the prostate (also called prostatitis) is a relatively common issue affecting about 12 percent of men, and it’s the most common prostate-related health issue in men under age 50. It’s been associated with a whole host of potential causes, including soft catheter use, bacterial infection, nerve problems – even parasitic infection. So why talk about prostate problems in a dental blog?
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Exercise and Periodontal Disease

While most of us understand the link between regular exercise and maintaining healthy muscles, few people realize the impact regular physical activity can have on the health of the gums. In fact, until recently that impact was largely overlooked. But a few years ago, researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine decided to take a closer look.
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11 Signs You Need to See a Periodontist

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) affects millions of people every year, and it’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Yet many people have no idea they have gum disease until they develop loose teeth or severe pain. That’s because gum disease often causes few symptoms in its early stages, making it easy to overlook until major problems occur.
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Gum Disease and Your Heart: What’s the Connection?

Want to keep your heart as healthy as possible? You can start by caring for your gums. Several studies have shown gum disease and heart disease may be linked, which makes regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups even more important than you may have previously thought.

The specific cause-and-effect relationship
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Denture Alternatives

Today, the technology for patients needing dentures is evolving fast. And that’s outstanding news!

One way it has evolved is in the field of dental implants. Today, many denture wearers have the option of wearing dental implant-secured snap in dentures, or overdentures. This means they can once again smile, talk, chew, and laugh with confidence.
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